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Man-made disaster in Dalit colonies of Dharmapuri district

 

Tiruvannamalai, 14th November 2012

 

Dear Sir, Dear Madem,

 

Greetings, please find below the report of the Violence Against Dalits in Dharmapuri District on 7th November 2012. The affected people are living without any assets, so POPE is planning to involve in Relief process for this helpless people by the means of cloths, mats, school bags, notebooks, cooking vessels etc.

 

I am requesting your mercy for these affected Dalits.

 

Thanking you,

Yours Sincerely,

 

Rosario,

President-POPE

Dharmapuri district disaster 14 11 2012
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Une catastrophe humaine parmi la colonie dalit dans la région de Dharmapuri

Tiruvannamalai, le 14 novembre 2012

 

 

Mesdames, Messieurs,

 

Veuillez trouver ci-dessous notre rapport concernant les violences à l'encontre des Dalits dans le district de Dharmapuri le 7 novembre 2012. Les personnes touchées ont perdu tous leurs biens, ainsi POPE prévoit de se porter au secours de ces pauvres gens en leur procurant des vêtements, des nattes, des cartables, des cahiers, des ustensiles de cuisine, etc.

 

Je demande votre aide pour ces Dalits affectés.

 

En vous remerciant,

Très sincérement.

 

 

Rosario,

Président - POPE

 

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The south-east of India is hit by Cyclone Nilam

 

Le cyclone Nilam a frappé la côte Est de l'Inde 

 

 

Wednesday 31st October 2012

 

We have very strong rain since yesterday, we had a big storm and cyclone formed in Bay of Bengal near Chennai. The Governments of Tamilnadu and Pondicherry announced the Government Holiday today. The Cyclone hit severely the Northern districts of Tamilnadu and also Pondicherry. It starts to move from sea at 4.30 pm and we are having big storm and rain, the losses in the coastal belt are not yet calculated. The both state Governments announced one day more holiday for the Educational Institutions and Colleges.

 

 

Mercredi 31 octobre 2012

Il pleut très fort depuis hier, nous avons eu une grosse tempête et un cyclone s'est formé dans la baie du Bengale près de Madras. Les gouvernements du Tamil Nadu et de Pondichéry ont annoncé que les élèves seront en vacances aujourd'hui. Le cyclone a frappé durement les régions du nord du Tamil Nadu et de Pondichéry également. Il a commencé à se déplacer vers 16 heures 30, nous avons de gros orages et de grosses pluies, les pertes sur la côte ne sont pas encore évaluées. Les gouvernements des 2 Etats ont annoncé un jour de fermeture supplémentaire de tous les établissements scolaires.

RL Rosario
Directeur de POPE

 

 

 

Friday 9th November 2012

 

Fortunately the Nilam Storm has not affected to much the Tamil Nadu but it destroyed few places in Andhra Pradesh.

 

The cyclone killed eight people in Tamil Nadu and three in Andhra Pradesh. It also destroyed more than 200 electric posts and about 100 trees were uprooted in Chennai. About 3,800 people have been evacuated in Mahaballipuram.

 

Chennai Law colleges exam has been postponed.

 

 

 

Vendredi 9 novembre 2012

 

Heureusement, Nilam n'a pas trop touché le Tamil Nadudu mais il a détruit des centaines de maisons ainsi que des centaines d'hectares de champs de coton ou de riz en Andhra Pradesh.

 

Le cyclone a tué huit personnes dans le Tamil Nadu et trois dans l'Andhra Pradesh. Il a également détruit plus de 200 poteaux électriques et environ 100 arbres ont été déracinés à Madras. Environ 3.800 personnes ont été évacuées à Mahaballipuram.

 

Les étudiants en droit de Madras ont vu leurs examens reportés.

 

RL Rosario

Director POPE

 

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Chennai, today!

The day will come when the greatness of nations will be judged not by the strength of their military, nor by the splendour of their cities and bridges, but by the priority that they give to the most vulnerable members of society – its children and the opportunity to each and every child to develop

to its full potential.

  Erzhan Kazykhanov

Children status in India

Children’s education

Dalit children are victimized due to the frustrated, exploited socio-economic conditions and the power structure of the society. Dalit children are having the background of poor parenting poverty, ignorance, child abuse and poor schooling. Most of the Dalit children are the first generation learners. They are having less motivation in studies due to poor parental support on education. Instead of education becomes a privilege for the children, it becomes a burden to the children due to the following reasons:

  • Lack of social support for the Dalit children’s education.
  • Frequent failures in the subjects like Mathematics, Natural Science and English due to lack of coaching at home.
  • Teacher’s comparison of Dalit children with non-dalit children at school.
  • Social isolation / segregation due to untouchability and casteism.
  • Existence of child labour as a symbol of poverty reduction at home.
  • Utilizing the school going children for earning livelihood through.
  • Working in the farm land.
  • Taking care of the sheeps / sheeps rearing.
  • Taking care of younger children – child rearing.
  • Existence of the exploitative forces in the school and at the society.

 

The child of the widows, destitute parents and the orphan children’s education is a question and often it is forbidden to them.

 

Lack of Quality Education

Quality education is not given to Dalit children, especially for poor children and dropout children. The upper section of the society is providing quality education in the form of:

  • Proper parenting
  • Individual attention to the children
  • Positive relationship between teacher and students.
  • Opportunities to participate in many events / competitions and developing the confidence level
  • Special coaching to improve the talents.
  • Creating conducive climate for the overall holistic development of children.

 

All such above privileges and opportunities were forbidden, ignored and not given to Dalit children.

 

Definition of Child labour

Child labour refers to work undertaken by children below the legal minimum working age. This is based on ILO minimum age convention 1973, No. 138 (ILO 2006a ). The minimum working age is generally 15 (but it could be fixed to 14 by developing countries). A 13 year old teenager may be allowed to take a light job (12 years for developing countries). The minimum age to practice hazardous work for health or safety is 18.

 

Gender discrimination

There is a strong gender bias in the Indian culture, which starts with the distribution of the financial resources in the household. There is also a systematic discrimination against girls with respect to the access to the basic needs such as health care, education, and food to some degree. This is revealed in gender differences in indicators such as malnourishment, morbidity, mortality and in adverse female sex ratios. Patriarchal family system establishes men’s leading status. Sons do not only enjoy financial favours in terms of household allowances, but they also inherit most of their parents’ properties. Cultural norms and practices tend to perpetuate the stereotypes of girls being the mainstay support to their ageing parents. For this reason, most parents both in rural and urban areas invest more in sons than in daughters.

 

Children’s status in India

According to a census conducted in 2001:

  • Literacy rate: 76% for males, 54% for females.
  • Infant mortality rate: 63 per 1000 in 2002.
  • 145 million children under six were malnourished.
  • One girl under 16 is raped every 155th minute.
  • One child under 10 is raped every 13th hour.
  • An average of one child out of ten is sexually abused at any time.
  • About 600 000 to 700 000 children are sexually abused in India
    (Ref. Annai Fatima, Nov. 2006).
  • One infant out of 16 dies before the age of 1.
  • One child out of 11 dies before he turns 5.
  • 35% of the developing world underweight newborns are Indians.
  • Every year 2.5 million children die in India.
  • One malnourished child out of 3 lives in India.
  • The Indian population counts 927 women for 1000 men.
  • 19 children out of 100 do not have access to school.
  • Around 53% of those who enroll leave school before they complete 8th grade.
  • 48% of Schedule Tribe children and 38% of the Scheduled Caste children Dalits are out of school.
  • 66 out of 100 children who drop out of the school are girls.
  • 65% of girls in India are married by the age of 18 and become mothers soon after. India has the highest number of working children in the World (SOWC 2004).

 

[1] International Labour Organisation